Watch: Keir Starmer speaks Welsh as he addresses Wales’ Labour Party conference
Labour leader Keir Starmer tried his hand at some Welsh when he addressed the Welsh Labour conference in Llandudno yesterday.
Addressing delegates at the conference he said that Labour’s new motto was: “Diogelwch; ffyniant; parch.” (Security; prosperity; respect.)
Pausing to crack a smile he added: “Thank you to the Welsh Labour team behind the scenes for their coaching on that one!”
He said that the devolved Labour administration has shown how things can be done “differently and better” despite having “one hand tied behind your back by the Tories in Westminster”.
thanked Mark Drakeford and the Welsh party and argued that “the Welsh Labour government is the living proof of what Labour in power looks like”.
“Every day you demonstrate the difference Labour makes, a blueprint for what Labour could do across the UK. So when I am asked how will we win, Wales is where I start. Right here. This is the difference a Labour government makes,” he said.
“You’re delivering for Wales. You’ve done it without sleazy dealings by working in partnership with local government, with trade unions, with the NHS, with local communities, to get through these challenging times together.
“No illegal parties, no bluster, just honest and reliable leadership – putting the interest and the priorities of people in Wales first.”
‘Duty to win’
He was keen however to stress that in his opinion, the different parts of the United Kingdom had more in common than what divided them.
“I want to lead the United Kingdom because I believe in it, in all its parts and all its differences,” he said.
“In all of our home nations. In all of the good and decent people who share the same hopes and dreams, fears and frustrations, the same land and the same coasts and the same threats to our way of life.”
“It is the honour of my life to be the leader of our party. But I tell you this: I have no ambition to be leader of the opposition. We gather here not just to oppose the Tories. But to replace them.
“Throughout our history, our leaders have been driven by our love for our country. But also full of passion for what more it can be. Each time, Labour has built a new and better Britain. That is my ambition too.
“Not to oppose the Tories, but to replace them. To build a better country. It is our duty to win. I believe we can. Thank you, conference.”
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Not to oppose the Tories, but to replace them? Surely that was Tony Blair’s schtick?
Someone pass the smelling salts, please. Keir Starmer spoke three words of Cymraeg, yesterday. Wow!
Well, he’s now got my vote.
(How long before the right MSM latch on to the idea that he’s appeasing those pesky nationalist separatists?)
A word from the godfather………………
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You can’t put a cigarette paper between the British nationalism of the Tories and Labour. If there was an autonomous Welsh Labour Party, ideally campaigning for independence but, at the very least, advocating federalism, then they would do very well in electoral terms; probably regularly securing a substantial Senedd majority. Drakeford, Eluned Morgan and others have some tough decisions to make in the near future.
We have to confront Welsh Labour with the consequences of their Unionism – how it enables Toryism to be extended over Wales. We also need to show the Welsh electorate how the current constitution of the UK and its economic orthodoxy disadvantages Wales. We also need to demonstrate how we can rebuild the Welsh economy for the better. Then the tables will begin to turn.
You can rest easy Arwyn, the Welsh Labour members are doing just that. Also to have Welsh Labour as a separate entity is being advocated simply because we need to do things here in Wales that would contradict measures needed in England as we are in different places at the moment #IndyWales will come id Plaid and Welsh Labour work together.
The UK regime see Wales the same way as the Putin’s regime sees Ukraine.
Colonies of the centralised empire.
We need an independent Wales as well as an independent Ukraine.
We are two nations each having cultures, economic and political systems which are unique as also democratic in tradition.
Are we supposed to be grateful for this? Now a truly autonomous Welsh Labour would be a different thing entirely. Westminster Labour have no interest in Wales beyond our resources and somewhere to dump nuclear waste.
Anyone else find the tokenism of a couple of mangled phrases in Welsh incredibly patronising?
I do not think the Welsh phrases were in any way ‘mangled’ but he spoilt it rather by following it with ‘but seriously’, One might assume that bit wasn’t serious.
Nothing about Wales is “serious” in the eyes of the Britnat labour Party
In the immortal words of Edward the eighth
Something must be done
Wales is still waiting
ACTION NOT WORDS ARE NEEDED IN ANY LANGUAGE YOU CHOOSE
No more English party’s in wales 🏴 it’s time for a New Wales 🏴
I had to give you a big like for this but, please, give both Waleses a capital W. (Half way there 😉 )
I suppose we should be grateful that he took a very short break from his usual gibberish
I Thought that Starmer had FORGOTTEN that Wales existed
It always tickles me how day trip dignitaries, like Starmer, approach our language is if it has just dropped from the sky. Welsh = Martian. None of them ever mention, because they have no idea, that Cymraeg is the oldest language on this island…and they have the bare-faced cheek to call themselves British.
they have the bare-faced cheek to call themselves ‘British’.
Itself a word derived from the ‘British’ language and its mother tongue.
Patronising, tokenism, misdirecting
Nawddgar, symbolaeth, camgyfeirio